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Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

What it is:A potent dual-action anti-wrinkle and firming serum for visibly smoother, firmer, rejuvenated skin. What it is formulated to do:Gentle enough for daily use, Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum supports the natural cell regeneration process, along with collagen and elastin synthesis to leave skin visibly smoother and tighter. For the first time, Alguronic Acid is combined with Retinol to visibly lift and firm skin while minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates - Phthalates Research results:In self-assessments of 100 women using product twice daily: - 91% saw tighter-looking skin after 10 days - 90% saw visibly toner and firmer skin after 10 days - 94% saw boosted skin radiance after 28 days - 93% saw a minimized appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after 28 days
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Questions & Answers for Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

Question
can I use this serum I'm 27?
hello
someone told me once you can't use this type of serum before 40.
is that true?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
akuariuz
(New york nyc)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
4 answers
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answer 1
Of course - you can use this serum at any age! I gave a bottle to my daughter (22) to try, as the retinol is perfect for keeping acne at bay - and she loves it, her skin is much clearer, softer, and has far less breakouts. Retinol is good at any age.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
jane5286
(Canton, OH)
answer 2
Of course you can. This is a type of product to improve or prevent skin aging. My dermatologist recommended for my allergy/rosacea (very mild) to prevent early skin aging. I love this product and helps even my combination skin and my moisturizer works even better now.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
m3gg1eB
(Louisville, KY)
answer 3
i would doubt that you need it. i think at 35 is when the skin begins to age. otherwise with the usual moisurizer you're probably fine without this.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
spike
(beverly hills, ca)
answer 4
no that isnt true
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
LilyMoon1
(ny,ny)
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I am thinking about trying this product and using it at night. What would be reccomended to use during the day besides the SPF to maximize the effects
asked 2 years ago
rosecat
(Omaha,NE)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
I use this morning and night, and I have VERY sensitive skin. In the evening I apply it, then use Sephora moisturizer-no sticky feeling and no stains on your good pillowcases. I use it in the morning and follow with the Algenist SPF 50 sunblock-no problems and my skin looks great!
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
sexysenior
(Lowell, MA.)
answer 2
This product is gentle enough to use 2x's a day (morning and night). I use it 2x's a day and have been very happy with the results. For the daytime I would only purchase a moisturizer with sunscreen to apply after the Algenist RF&L. I hope you like this product as much as I do.
answered 2 years ago
HollyADru
(Salt Lake City, UT)
answer 3
You can also pair the product with the Algenist Firming & Lifting Cream for better results.
answered 2 years ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
So after I put on this algenist anti-wrinkle serum, I have to wash it off my face with cleansing product?
just to be clear , how long do I have to wait before I wash off this product with cleansing soap?
asked 2 years ago
Anactaciaa
(brooklyn)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
Personally, I apply it right before bed, then when I take my daily shower I cleanse my face and wash it off at that time.
answered 2 years ago
celogrl
(Spotsylvania, VA)
answer 2
Not sure where you read that you were supposed to wash this off, but the algenist retinol lifting serum is meant to be left on the skin. It absorbs quickly and if you have dry skin (which I do) you can add a moisturizer on top.
answered 2 years ago
lisadani
(Montgomery, IN)
answer 3
Oh no! Do not wash your face after applying this product. Use it in the morning and at night AFTER washing your face. Apply a moisturizer on top of it and use a SPF moisturizer during the day as your skin will be sensitive to the sun after using this product. It is a great product and I hope you like it.
answered 2 years ago
HollyADru
(Salt Lake City, UT)
Question
Daytime or Nightime?
Is this product meant to use n the morning after washing the face, or at night? In which situation would it work best?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
kimber5228
(Garland, TX)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
This serum can be used morning or night, but when used during the day it is highly advised to use an SPF due to the actives in the serum.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
styleitso
(San Francisco)
answer 2
I have used this product both day and night, and my husband has used it just at night. I did not have any problems using this under my makeup at all.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 3
We recommend using retinol products at night. Also make sure to SPF protection during the day, as retinol increases sensitivity to the sun.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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It says daily use, do you use it twice a day or just once.
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
divchk
(Marietta, GA)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
Just once, in the AM. Can add moisturizer over if needed.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
ReneeJG
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 2
I only used it at night, under my regular night cream after cleansing. I noticed significant results with just the once-daily use.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
kkpaso
(Kelowna, BC)
answer 3
Once a day, either morning or night. I use mine at night.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
sassysal
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how long does the bottle last?
I want to try this product, but can't quite get past the price. Does anyone have an idea how long the full size, 1 oz bottle lasts if used as instructed every day?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
Julie86
(Washington, DC)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
The 10 day sample, which was enough to use both morning and night, was a little less than 1/3 of the bottle, so that works out to about 35 days in the bottle, I think. I did the math because I think it's expensive!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
zensan
(San Diego)
answer 2
It goes a long way. A small dime size dab in the palm of the hand and then applied evenly to the face. Actually you could just apply to areas you have issues with, but I use on the entire face and throat with the small amount mentioned.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
sassysal
(Tampa, Fl.)
answer 3
I've had mine since May and it hasn't run out yet. I put on at least one pump everyday, sometimes I'll apply it again if I've washed my face and am redoing my makeup. I feel like it will need to be replaced soon, as it has lasted a very long time.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
LauraLou13
(Boston, MA)
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Can it be used at eyes area?
I love the result n texture of this product, can I used it at eyes area too?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
ro22
(Singapore)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
yes... I do. It is less irritating than other product like philosophy (which just on my cheeks made my eyes burn). this seems to not irritate and reduced the find lines around my eyes.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
m3gg1eB
(Louisville, KY)
answer 2
I used it around my eye area without any problems. I have normal skin and it's not sensitive.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
jen1102
(St Petersburg, FL)
answer 3
Product says avoid eye contact .but, I applied as I would any lotion without any problem..didn't get it too close to eye itself.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
drln011
(Fort Myers FL)
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Does the Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum also help with blemishes and acne?
Does the Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum also help with blemishes and acne?

I went to Sephora and a really nice worker gave me some samples for the Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum saying that it helps with everything. This is only the second night I've used it and I have seen slight changes so I decided to research a bit more. I noticed most of the women who have bought this product are over 25; I was wondering if it is not recommended for a girl like me (23 years old) to use this product. I have been breaking out a lot and my acne has been leaving really noticeable scars and blemishes and I freaked out. I don't want to jump the gun though and already start using an anti-aging serum when I'm only 23.
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
3 answers
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answer 1
I'm 31 and have struggled with mild acne, clogged pores and blackheads since my early teens. I started using this product in the mornings, combined with a glycolic treatment and retinol night cream in the evenings and my skin is in the best condition it's ever been! I've been using it for 4 weeks and so far, Retinol is the only thing I've tried that has been able to clear the stubborn clogged pores on my cheeks and help prevent the monthly hormonal flare ups on my chin and jawline. It's also faded old acne scars and completely evened out my skin tone. If you have the cash, give it a go! I only wish I'd known about the power of reitnol when I was your age!
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
merrick56
(Burlington, ON Canada)
answer 2
Yes.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
SmartAboutSkin
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 3
I noticed that on day 4 of the 10 day trial samples that the pores on my nose already looked smaller. I purchased the small size of the serum to try it for 60 days. I have oily skin and large pores. I have struggled with acne all my life.

I love it and I do not know why you would not be able to use it as a young woman. I wish there had been products this good for me when I was your age.

Use quality products and stay out of the sun!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
Mavenhood
(Mpls, MN)
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Does it help to use the retinol firming and Lifting serum as well as the concentrated reconstructuring serum
Trying to decide if I need both of these or just one.
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
Grandeb
(Euless, TX)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
2 answers
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answer 1
I use both. I use the retinol serum at night, and the other during the day. Even though it's expensive to buy both, since I only use each one once per day, they last a long time. I will say that I ran out of the reconstructing serum for a few weeks (still using the retinol serum at night) and my skin still looked great. I may not purchase the reconstructing serum again because I get the results I want with just the retinol serum at night.
answered 2 years ago
lisadani
(Montgomery, IN)
answer 2
The ingredients in the Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum include alguronic acid & retinol. The ingredients in the Concentrated Reconstructing Serum include alguronic acid. Your skin will already receive the benefit of alguronic acid when using the retinol firming & lifting serum. I do not see a benefit in using them together.
answered 2 years ago
HollyADru
(Salt Lake City, UT)
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Anybody compare it to Kate Sommerville's RetAsphere?
I got a deluxe sample of RetAsphere and was in love; and RetAsphere is 5 dollars cheaper :) I have mixed reviews on Algenist products. I liked the pore lotion, but not the other antiaging serums. Hoping more reviews will come with more details.
asked 2 years ago
fafa34
(San Antonio, TX)
on Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum
2 answers
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answer 1
Bar-none, the Algenist retinol is the one that you want.

I JUST finished my RetASphere and am a big fan of many of Kate's products. I like her retinol formula quite a bit, but Algenist, frankly, blows it out of the water. (*Literally, after the second day of the 10-Day Challenge, I was won-over.) I write reviews and Q&As when I am truly passionate about a new product, regardless of the brand...this is something special. Hope you try it and love it as much as I have.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
SmartAboutSkin
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 2
I have tried both and I have to say I saw more results and recieved more compliments while using kate somerville. I purchased PTR retinol PM and I am not liking it at all I did give this a try and saw no difference at all but I did with the kate retashere product so i think I will be exchanging it tomorrow. I can honestly say that I recieved many compliments on my skin while on kate and not while using algenist or PTR and with PRT I feel like its doing more damage than good.
answered 2 years ago
kathykat
(NJ)
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